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System Number: 00940
Date: 2 December 1885
Author: Richard D'Oyly Carte[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D146
Document Type: ALS


Dec. 2nd 1885

My dear Whistler

Absence from town has prevented my writing you sooner.

I enclose the note received from Miss Lenoir[2] and an enclosure from Mr. Hathaway[3] which please return at leisure.

They explain themselves

[p. 2] Miss Lenoir ought to be more than half way across the Atlantic and should be here certainly on Tuesday next. I think nothing more can be done until her arrival unless you wish to send a cablegram to the Lyceum Bureau on your own account.

But this can just as well be done in a few days when you have seen her [p. 3] and taken her advice.

I return also the newspaper cutting[4] from America in case you would like to have it back. Of course they have seen it over there.

Yours sincerely

R D'Oyly Carte

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1.  Richard D'Oyly Carte
Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901), impresario and property developer [more].

2.  Miss Lenoir
Helen Lenoir (1852-1913), née Coupar Black, actress and stage manager [more]. The note from Lenoir and enclosure from Hathaway relate to a proposal that JW should take the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' the major public statement of JW's aesthetic ideas, on tour to America after the success of his first performance on 20 February 1885 at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly. See H. Lenoir to R. D'Oyly Carte, #00927, and G. H. Hathaway to H. Lenoir, #02054. However, although the lecture was repeated on a number of occasions in London, Oxford and Cambridge, JW never took the lecture abroad. Factors may have been his increasing involvement with the Society of British Artists (he was elected President on 1 June 1886), and his intensifying rivalry with Oscar Wilde, who had preceded him with a lecture tour of America and Canada in 1882. However, for a lengthy period between 1885 and 1886 his intention to go was clearly signalled in his correspondence (see for example, JW to W. Merritt Chase, #00593; H. Wunderlich to JW, #07153; #00927).

3.  Mr. Hathaway
George Henry Hathaway (1843-1931), President of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau [more].

4.  newspaper cutting